Make Your Own String Art Maths

String Art Maths met with great enthusiasm in our household. One of our young fellows declared it to be heaps of fun and was more than happy to sit down and do it. Because of this, String Art Maths was given the ‘tick’ of approval and marked as a successful activity.

String Art Maths

So what is String Art Maths?

Glad you asked! String Art Maths involves solving a page of mathematical clues and using the answers as a sewing guide to make an intricate pattern.

This particular String Art Maths is based on the six times table. (What a great way to get in some multiplication revision!)

Materials Needed for String Art Maths

  • tapestry needle
  • embroidery thread
  • cardboard
  • printables showing pattern and maths problems/clues (see below for link)
  • sticky tape

Instructions for String Art Maths

Glue the sewing pattern onto a piece of cardboard to give it more strength and rigidity.
Pre-punch the holes using the needle.
String Art Maths:Thread the Needle

Thread the needle with a long piece of thread. (Great for strengthening eye/hand coordination and extending the virtue of patience!)

String Art Maths:Tape thread to back of cardboard

Tape the end of the thread to the back of the card.

Solve the multiplication/addition/subtraction problems (as set out on the Clues Sheet) and then use the answers to determine the point to sew up or down through.

Down = push the needle through the sewing pattern (with the numbers facing you).

Up = push the needle from the back of the sewing pattern (from the side with no numbers) and up through the paper towards you.

When you run out of thread, simply tape the end to the back of the cardboard and start a new thread, continuing on with the instructions from the place you left off.

String Art Maths:half completed

This is what the pattern looks like when the project is half-completed.

String Art Maths: completed

And here’s what the fully completed project is meant to look like.

That’s all there is to it.

You’ll end up with an intriguing pattern.

String Art Maths is a fantastic way for children to experience how straight lines can actually be used to make curves! An added bonus!

Hints for String Art Maths

As there are quite a few maths questions to answer, we found it helpful for two people to work together on the project. One person helped record the answers while the other sewed. Obviously this is not strictly necessary but sometimes tasks are more enjoyable when done together.

Make sure the sewing follows the pattern outlined by the answers from the String Art Maths Questions. If not sewn in sequence, it’s entirely possible that the resulting pattern will be different.

Okay, that’s it. Have fun with String Art Maths!

Oops … we should mention that you’re welcome to download the free String Art Maths Printables! You might need these! :o)

String Art Maths: Printables

For the String Art Maths Triangle ...

For the String Art Maths Questions/Clues ...

We’d love to see the results of this activity when your children do it. Feel free to upload photos to our Facebook Page.

Have fun!

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